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, "bbc world news." >> ahmad wali karzai half brother of the afghan president is shot dead and kandahar. the british phone hacking scandal deepened. former prime minister gordon brown expresses shock by information gathering on his son. >> in tears. your son is now going to be broadcast across the media. incredibly upset about it. we are thinking about his future and our family. >> riots on the streets of belfast ahead of an annual celebration. coming up and this program, europe's new nightmare. fears that the debt crisis could spread to italy and spain. after the allegations, the denials. the man behind qatar's world cup bid. hello. the half-brother of afghanistan's president karzai has been killed and an attack and the south of the country. ahmad wali karzai, one of the powerful men and southern afghanistan, was shot dead inside his house reportedly by his bodyguard. she was head of the provincial council and kandahar. there were previous attempts on his life. our correspondent joins us from kabul. quentin, not the first attempt on his life, but what more can you tell us? >> he was ki
at the assassination of afghan president karzai's brother and its impact on safety and stability in that war-torn country. >> ifill: ray suarez explores what's next for rupert murdoch's media empire, as the investigation expands into the phone hacking scandal. >> woodruff: we update budget negotiations in washington and examine the consequences if lawmakers fail to raise the debt ceiling by the august 2 deadline. >> ifill: tom bearden tells the story of citizen scientists-- some quite young-- on the hunt for ladybugs. >> oh, they're beauties. we can't keep them, sweetie. we're just going to take their picture. >> woodruff: and we reflect on the life of betty ford, as friends, family, and dignitaries gather to pay tribute to the former first lady, who died friday. >> i'm sure they will remember me in recovery and perhaps with equal rights amendment. if i hadn't been married to my husband, i never would have had the voice that i did. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> okay, listen. somebody has got to get serious. >>
, "bbc world news." >> this is ""bbc world news america." assassinated in afghanistan, president karzai's brother is killed. who will fill kyushu's? former prime minister gordon brown accuses a media organization of breaking the law. treasures of the earth's, while china may have a monopoly on rare earth materials, the u.s. and of -- the u.s. is leading fast to catch up. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america around the globe. it was a brutal attack in of dennis than that claimed the life of hamid karzai's half- brother. ahmad wali karzai, the head of the kandahar provincial council was accused of being devolved in the drug trade and dealing with the taliban. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the assassination which has opened up a power vacuum. >> he describes himself as the most powerful men in southern afghanistan. few disagreed. ahmad wali karzai was a controversial figure. in kandahar today, the walls of sight of his compound were closed. the president's half brother lived under the tightest security. only the closest could get close. without saying a word, he shot him t
from washington. assassinated in afghanistan, president karzai's half-brother is killed. who will fill the powerful politicians shoes? -- politician's shoes? former prime minister gordon brown is accusing them of breaking the law to gain access to his personal details. the u.s. is digging fast to catch up on rare-earth minerals. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. it was a brutal attack in afghanistan today which claimed the life of president hamid karzai's half-brother, one of the country's most powerful and controversial politicians. the head of the provincial council had been accused of involvement in dealing with the taliban. yet the taliban is claiming responsibility for the assassination, which has opened a power vacuum in the country. this is our report. >> ahmad wali karzai live behind layers of security. he had many enemies. today, his enemy was his end. assassins struck here at his home. a trusted assassin, a bodyguard. another bodyguard shot of a killer dead. it was too late, ahmad wali karzai died almost immediately and the news traveled fast
place by the end of the week. assassination in afghanistan. president karzai's brother a key political power broker gunned down by his own bodyguard. what does it mean for nato forces in the south? a new focus on the back mab campaign. this time it's about her husband. his clinic under the microscope for using a controversial therapy to turn gay men straight. >>> and good day, ern. i'm savannah guthrie in for andrea mitchell today. it is back to the bargaining table for congressional leaders this afternoon three weeks from today to the debt ceiling deadline. both sides say they want a deal, but there's been in compromise or breakthrough yet. we go to kristen welker at the white house. we know officials are meeting this afternoon. the president making some news about what might happen if the debt ceiling is not raised in early august. >> that's right. president obama in an interview earlier today was asked whether the united states would have enough money to continue paying its social security checks on august 3rd if a deal isn't reached over the debt ceiling on august 2nd, wh
will be established in our country so that no other family has to suffer such pain. >> ahmad wali karzai was the provincial chief of kandahar and of the most powerful men in southern afghanistan. this death will leave a power vacuum in be -- in the battle against the taliban insurgency. he was stopped by allegations of corruption. he is suspected of been involved in the heroin trade. he had survived two previous assassination attempts. >> we were joined earlier from kandahar by our correspondent who had more on the circumstances of karzai's death. "certainly, this was an inside job. the witnesses say that a man who was a longtime aide of ahmad wali karzai who commanded some checkpoints near the home, apparently the assassin ask for a private audience. three shots rang out behind closed doors. he was dead at the scene. many of his aides doubt the taliban's responsibility. this might have been some kind of personal grudge. >> even if this was an inside job, what does this tell us about the stability in southern afghanistan? >> things are very fragile and even more fragile on now that ahmad
for president hamid karzai's brother, ahmad wali karzai, who was killed this week. four people died in the blast, which is described as a suicide attack. it comes on the same day the united nations released the latest figures on civilian casualties in the context of this year. they saw a spike in numbers with a 15% rise in the past six months compared to the same period last year. the annual report shows that 1,462 civilians have been killed in fighting since the beginning of the year. the un missions says 80% of those deaths were caused by insurgents and international forces in afghanistan. let's talk to our correspondent in the afghan capital. this reinforces concerns, perhaps, that kandahar is becoming more volatile after ahmad wali karzai's death. >> yes, that's right. that's the sense a lot of people are getting. the blast took place just after noon at one of the major mosque s. the president was not there himself. all four of his remaining brothers were, as well as a number of senior afghan officials. it was a large gathering. we understand that the suicide bomber tried to enter the mosque
in afghanistan that the top u.s. commander is now calling unfathomable. the half brother of hamid karzai gunned down in his own home. ahmed wally karzai was an influential figure inside afghanistan and a very controversial one who had deep connections with the white house. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence. lots at stake here as well, chris. what do we know? >> wolf, afghans who have been complaining about corruption in the afghan government probably will shed no tears at the death of ahmid wally karzai. on the other hand, he helped hamid karzai exert fouer down in the south in kandahar where the president probably would not have been able to exert that power. so his loss british columbiaens karzai at a time when negotiations with the taliban move forward and it also may have very big repercussions for the u.s. effort in the south. people called president hamid karzai's brother a corrupt gangster. but the cia's former head of counterterrorism says the u.s. may miss him. >> it's quite like live that what follows is going to be something that will not work to our interest.
. >> in afghanistan today, president karzai led thousands of mourners at the funeral of his half-brother. karzai wept openly during the ceremony and appeal to his countrymen to stop the violence. from kabul, here is the report. >> it was an emotional moment for president hamid karzai. burying his half-brother a day after his shocking killing. ahmad wali karzai was laid to rest here, at his ancestral village in kandahar. afterwards, a plea from the president to those behind his death. >> my message for them is, my countrymen, my brothers, stop killing your own people. it is easy to kill, and everyone can do it. but the real man is the one you can save people's lives. >> the funeral drew many. top members of the afghan government, pashtun tribesmen, and ordinary citizens, all here for a last glimpse of one of afghanistan's most powerful men. and even at the funeral, a bomb targeted the governor of helmand as he made his way to the ceremony. he escaped unhurt, but four policemen were injured. it is a grim reminder of the tense situation that is unfolding in the aftermath of mr. karzai's death. already q
it should have been. >> good to see you. thanks. president karzai's half brother, wally tahlak med ahmad karzai, has been shot dead. with a controversial figure. the taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. a few months ago, he was interviewed. >> it is quite extraordinary. we were in kandahar for a film in april, and i noted how many layers of security, barb wire, barriers, concrete walls that he had around his compaq and -- of around his compound. i told him he must be in the most heavily secured building in kandahar, and he said, "i have been attacked many times." i said, "who else has attacked khieu?" he said, "is just the taliban." he was regarded in kandahar as the man who had the most power in the province, the man who was the main power broker, whether it came to problems like taking on the taliban, getting help with one of your ailing relatives. >> in about half an hour, we will have more information. clinton, what is the reaction to this killing? >> well, from western diplomats, a great sense of loss. they knew that ahmad wali karzai -- he was the man who could delive
. >> that is right. there has been condemnation of the killing of the half-brother of president karzai. ahmed wali karzai was regarded as one of the most powerful politicians in the south of the country. his death has raised fears about instead -- instability. we have a report from the afghan capital. >> he described himself as the most powerful man in southern afghanistan. few disagreed. ahmed wali karzai was a controversial figure. he said he added spice to afghan life. the roads to his compound were closed. the president's half brother lived under tight security. only the most trusted could get close. his head a personal protection arose little suspicion when he entered the room without saying a word. he shot him twice. hamid karzai paused as he welcomed president nicolas sarkozy of france. >> this morning my younger brother was martyred in his house. this is the life of the afghan people. we have all suffered the same kind of pain. forgive me for not speaking with a smile today. wali karzai was said to be involved with terror -- he had many other enemies besides. >> i have done nothing. >> he
reports that president karzai's brother was gunned down. laid off on day one. cynthia bowers in a city so strapped it's firing cops as soon as they get their badge. and the first, first lady of the modern age, bill whitaker remembers betty ford who forever changed how america views the white house. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley reporting tonight from washington. >> pelley: good evening. it was a striking thing, today, to hear the president of the united states say that he cannot guarantee the 27 million social security checks that you are due to be mailed august 3rd. august 3rd is the day after the government will default on its debts if democrats and republicans do not agree to increase the nation's borrowing limit. both sides say they won't raise the limit without a deal to massively cut the federal deficit. a u.s. default would shake the world economy. the stakes could not be higher. time is growing short. in our interview, president obama said the situation is dangerous. >> we met the president this morning at the white house on another d
, including new details about the plot that led to the as asad nation of hamid karzai's half brother. we'll have a live report this morning. >>> plus, a tough message for fugitives this morning. do not, i repeat, do not appear on a nationally televised dating show as this guy did just before he was nabbed. we'll have his story a bit later. >>> first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. with the august 2nd deadline now just about 2 1/2 weeks away, congressional leaders heading back to the white house today for yet more negotiation. their fourth meeting in a week to try to raise a deal on raising the country's debt ceiling. president obama discussed the potential consequences of default with cbs news. >> can you tell the folks at home that no matter what happens, the social security checks are going to go out on august the 3rd? they're about $20 billion worth of social security checks that have to go out the day after the government is supposedly going to go into default. >> well, this is not just a matter of social security checks. these are veterans checks, these are folks on disabil
karzai was gunned down by a close family associate. he was hamid karzai's half brother and ran the crucial southern provinces of afghanistan for karzai. his death has been described as a huge setback for karzai and for the international coalition that is trying to support the karzai government in kabul. let's try to understand why he was such a crucial figure. it provides a window into understanding the future of afghanistan. ahmed walid karzai was ruthless with tribes that would not support his brother, cutting them off from any aid and military assistance. in addition, he gave the american and british forces in afghanistan information on hostile tribes, provided crucial intelligence on key groups and militants. he was also the first afghan leader to begin talking with the taliban about cease-fires and their entry into government. in other words, he was a practical deal maker. now, he was famous in the west or notorious for the corruption that surrounded him. but corruption surrounded all of the billions of dollars in american and western military aid and spending being brough
, in the strongest possible terms, the assassination in afghanistan today of president hamid karzai's half brother, ahmed wali karzai, seen as the most powerful man in southern afghanistan was shot in his own home in kandahar by a man he knew and trusted. mandy clark is in kandahar. >> reporter: ahmad wali karzai was rushed to this kandahar hospital but with multiple gunshot wounds there was no chance he would survive. outside in the street lay the body of the man who had gotten through a tight ring of security to gun him down. >> my younger brother was murdered in his house this morning. president hamid karzai announced. ahmed wali karzai was a tribal council leader and considered the most powerful man in southern afghanistan. the attack stunned the city that has been hit by a series of targeted assassinations. this is the place, headquarters in kandahar city. moments ago word of the shooting came through as the police chief was wrapping up his interview with us and he rushed out to take charge. general abdul raziq told us that security was improving in the city when his two cell phones lit up at
, the powerful half where of the afghanistan president karzai is dead. a trusted friend and bodyguard pulled the trigger. today, details on the deadly betrayal that could benefit the taliban. in box two, two planes collide. the two planes land. and everybody lives to talk about it. the extremely unusual survival story is ahead. and in box three, a man falls nearly from the stand here at this field during the home run derby. at least his friends have good hands. that is ahead unless breaking news changes everything. in "studio b" but, first, from fox at high noon, chase field in phoenix, arizona, in five hours the best players in all of baseball step on to the field and catch the big game. on the local fox station, after the fox report, tonight, on this channel, and before then we will talk about major league baseball and the predictions and highlights from the home run derby. what do you know, robbie put on a clinic with help from his old man, and that is coming up in a few minutes in "studio b" today. but, first from fox at 12:00 in phoenix and 3:00 on the east coast the investigators of th
campaign ads are so outrageous we can't hair them. and the half brother of hamid karzai is assassinated with a friend with a k-47. he was a key power broker in the fight with the taliban. we're live from kabul. it's tuesday, july 12th. let's get right to the first reads of the morning. we start with the deadlock. this afternoon the two sides are farther apart than they've ever been. they were farther apart yesterday when -- then they were even sunday and farther apart sunday then they were thursday. the question is whether the daily meetings are going to continue. the president said he's shooting for the biggest possible deal and asking if not now, when. listen. >> we think it's hard now. imagine how these guys are going to be thinking six months from now in the middle of election season when they are all up. it's not going to get easier, it's going to get harder. we might as well do it now. pull off the band-aid. eat our peas. >> also in the room, eric cantor laid out what was agreed to in the biden talks, which is about $1.5 trillion in cuts, still nearly a trillion dollars short of t
. >>> in afghanistan, the powerful half brother of afghan president hamid karzai was assassinated today at his home in the southern city of kandahar. officials say he was killed by a trusted guard. the suspect was then killed by other guards. the taliban says the shooter was working for them. ahmed wali karzai was accused by the u.s. and local afghans of being involved in the drug trade and other illegal activities. president karzai spoke to reporters about two hours after the shooting, saying only that quote, this is the life of the afghan people, this sorrow is in every afghan home. >>> high above earth, a final walk in space. these are live pictures that we are bringing to all of you. two crew members of the international space station, you see it here, venturing out on the last space walk of nasa's space shuttle era. absolutely breathtaking. the two floated over the yucatan peninsula. take a look at these live pictures. their job today is to recover a broken pump and stow it in the cargo bay of shuttle "atlantis" which docked with the space station on sunday. the space walk was scheduled to las
the service of the brother of hamid karzai, ahmed wali karzai who was assassinated this week. >> i was if this mosque 30 minutes before the explosion took place. the memorial service for ahmed wali karzai was taking place. government officials, people from across the country. security was extremely tight. i was talking to other people when the explosion took place. according to eyewitnesses who were inside the mosque, as soon as the attacker tried to get inside the mosque, he was stopped by security guards, he detonated his explosive vest killing a prominent religious leader and injuring 10 others. doctors at the main hospital have told me they have five dead bodies. the scene here is one of chaos and panic. all the key roads have been closed and in the last 30 minutes or so, there have been visible decreases in traffic. shops have been closed as well. >> some other stories for you. united nation's reports a 15% increase in civilian deaths across afghanistan since last year. the u.n. assistance mission said there were 1,462 civilian deaths in the first half of this year alone. most
of president karzai's half brother. he was on his way where thousands of mourners gathered. seen as one of the country's most powerful men, he was shot dead by a member of his own security staff on tuesday. our correspondent joins us from the afghan capital of kabul. perhaps you can tell us a bit more about this explosion. an apparent attempted attack on the he will man province governor. >> well, certainly, that's the way it's being seen here. the governor was on his way to the funeral of president karzai's brother. one of the cars hit an explosive. four policemen accompanying him were hurt, though he was not. also two bombs were discovered on another rout to the village where karzai's brother was buried today. it led to panic, because people attending the funeral could hear them in the distance and there was some sense maybe there was aattack taking place, but it once again shows after one of the most powerful men in afghanistan was killed, it's feared there could be more assassinations. >> president -- he was head of the pro vin shall council and essentially seen as the person who ra
high stakes. these are live-and-death decisions -- life-and-death decisions. >> is karzai and allied -- karzai an ally? >> he has called them brothers, which can be demoralizing if you are an american charged with capturing and killing these guys. president karzai is a complicated figure. he is out for president karzai. we will see what happens. >> when you step back and take all of your experience, state department, convoy, ambassador -- envoy, embassador, what is the biggest lesson you have learned for yourself about this business? how do you take what you have learned on a day-to-day basis, running a college? >> there are a few lessons. first of all, if you do not talk to terrorist groups, it is not cost-free. you pay a price. you may miss an opportunity to end the conflict and save lives. there is a price to be paid. you have to be careful. that is one lesson. more generally, i think the idea is that you have to be patient. of all of the occasions where we have had success, it has taken many months, even years, of painstaking, patient negotiation. politicians operate on election
-brother of the president there harmid karzai. so what does that mean to the war in afghanistan? and how in the world did this man go down just as american forces start to come home? plus,. >> this is the stuff of which heros are made. >> shepard: the commander and chief awarding the nation's highest military honor to an army ranger. and wait until you hear what he did after he almost died saving his fellow soldiers. we're live in washington with the story of a true american hero as fox reports live from the valley of the sun. we're approaching the bottom of the hour and the top of the news from phoenix. with a private isl. really? no. it comes with a hat. you see, airline credit cards promise flights for 25,00miles, but... [ man ] there's never any seats for ,000 miles. frustrating, isn't it? but that won't happen with the capital one venture card. you can book any airline anytime. hey, i just said that. after all, isn't traveling hard enough? ow. [ male announcer ] to get the flights you want, sign up for a venture card at capitalone.com. what's in your wallet? uh, it's okay. i've played a pilot before
. this afternoon, condemning in the strongest possible terms the killing of karzai. with more on these stories we're joined by msnbc's chief foreign corresponde correspondent in kandahar. what new details have you learned about the killing? >> reporter: we've spoken to witnesses in kandahar. we've also spoken to people who were at karzai's -- the person killed today, not president karzai, of course, his half brother, we spoke to people who are at the house, the residence in kandahar when this attack took place at around 11:00 this morning and the version of events as we were told were roughly as follows. there was a meeting of tribal elders under way that involved several dozen people. this is very normal for somebody in ahmed wali karzai's presence. someone who was a distant relative and worked for the karzai family about ten years. a man named sardar mohammed. he entered the meeting where ahmed was receiving these elders and asked for private time. asked if he could step out of the room and talk with him a couple minutes about some unspecified private matter and carrying a file with him at the
of afghan president hamid karzai has been shot to death at his home in kandahar. one of his body guards shot him. we'll bring you more information when we have it. >>> britain's former prime minister gordon brown is the latest victim of phone hacking. the sun and sunday times improperly obtained personal information like bank and medical records on his family. two senior police officers will be grilled by a committee of mps why they didn't investigate phone hacking claims earlier. >>> u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has criticized syria for failing to protect embassies after pro-government demonstrators broke windows and spray painted walls. no one managed to get into the building. >>> divers are still searching for victims of a deadly boat disaster. the boat was overloaded, not licensed to carry passengers when it sank on sunday. president dmitry medvedev ordered an investigation. >>> u.s. president barack obama is meeting with lawmakers for another round of debt talks on tuesday. the debate stalled over how to slash the deficit and raise the debt ceiling before the u.s. defaults. r
. afghan president hamid karzai's half brother was shot and killed today in his own house by a friend. to critics, ahmed ali karzai, head of the provincial council, had become a symbol of corruption within the karzai administration. >>> supporters of syrian president assad stormed the u.s. and french embassies in damascus on monday smashing windows and spraying graffiti. this as secretary of state hillary clinton said assad has lost legitimacy in the wake of his country's brutal crackdown on protesters. >>> the justice department has issued new gun shop rules for the four southwestern border states, requiring dealers to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles. it's part of an effort to stem the flow of weapons into mexico. >>> a possible curve ball for the fan that caught derek jeter's 3,000th career hit and returned the ball graciously. the "new york times" reports christian lopez may have to pay taxes on the value of his reward. four tickets to every yankees game for the rest of the season. >>> now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off
, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. afghan president hamid karzai's half brother was shot and killed today in his own house by a friend. to critics, ahmed walid karzai, head of the provincial council, had become a symbol of corruption within the karzai administration. the taliban has claimed responsibility. >>> the justice department has issued new gun shop rules for the four southwestern border states requiring dealers to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles. it's part of an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into mexico. >>> two people were gored this morning, on the sixth day of spain's failous running of the bulls in pamplona. officials say one person suffered a horn injury to the back, while another was hit in the shoulder. >>> and a possible curve ball for the fan who caught derek jeter's 3,000th career hit. and then graciously gave him back the ball. "the new york times" reports that christian lopez may have 0 to pay tax on the value of his reward. four tickets to the yankees game for the rest of the season. an early look at
an explosion at a memorial after the after for the slain brother of hamid karzai. the government says a senior cleric was killed and 11 others wounded. ahmed wali karzai, a powerful political presence in kandahar, was killed this week at home by an associate. president hamid karzai was not at today's service. >>> indian officials say they have no leads in yesterday's deadly bombing in mumbai. three bombs exploded during rush hour killing at least 17 and wounded 131 people. police say there was no warning and no group has claimed responsibility for that. in 2008, terrorists killed 166 people during a siege that lasted several days. >>> u.s. lawmakers have asked the attorney general to investigate rupert murdoch. they want to know if murdoch's company broke any u.s. laws for allegedly bribing police in the phone hacking scandal that forced murdoch to close his largest paper. mean dock pulled the plug on a it is 12 billion business deal. elizabeth palmer has more. >> reporter: it's a sight many people thought they would never see, media titan rupert murdoch in retreat. he abandoned his controvers
of the half brother of the president of afghanistan, karzai. he was shot by someone he considered close and trust worthy. officials say the assassin went to the home to get papers signed and shot karzai three times while signing those papers. security guards then shot the gun man. the younger karzai was considered an ally of the us who seemed to have no problems going after the taliban but was also controversial for his ties to drug lords. what is being called the biggest case of landlord neglect in the city's history, a story ktvu has been following for month, people living with broken bathroom fixtures, mold and roaches, in buildings owned by gardner, who says they aren't paying rent. >> if i make a mistake, okay, i try my best. i'm a human being. >> now, oakland city attorneys has stepped in. she has been asked to pay an $80,000 fine and the building she owns will be put up for sale. she will never again be able to own a multiunit building in the city. as for the residents, no one will pay rent until all repairs have been made. >>> the family of a teenager who was trapped in a sand t
judgment in hiring former news of the world eddieder andy -- candy kolson. he's resigned. >>> hamid karzai attended the funeral today for one of his closest advisers. this is video of him today at the funeral. two gunmen killed the karzai adviser and the parliamentaryian he was meeting with. this is the second funeral karzai has attended in less than a week. his half brother was killed last week in southern afghanistan. >>> general david petraeus handed over command of american and coalition forces in afghanistan to general john allen this. is video of the handover ceremony in kabul today. petraeus steps down after one year in charge of the more than 140,000 international troops in the country. he's retiring from the army to become director of the cia. general allen will oversee the drawdown. u.s. forces that started earlier in the month. and nelson mandela is celebrating his 93rd birthday today and he got a special gift. ♪ happy birthday ♪ >> earlier today, students in south africa sang a special version of "happy birth day" before starting this their is lessons. people are being call
-term strategic agreement right now, which, to which afghanistan president hamid karzai has indicated strong support. all of that is tied to a long- term partnership there. the idea that -- afghanistan president hamid karzai wants us to leave is one i just don't sign up to. we certainly had our challenges with respect to being there and dealing with the afghanistan president hamid karzai government, that said, we worked our way through a lot of that, david patraeus in particular, the civilian fese. the private contractor piece. we, with the afghans, developed a afghanistan national security force that has got increasingly better. that's really the long-term answers. >> your confident that the build up is sufficient? >> when you look back over the last 18 months in terms of what they had, in -- with respect to training infrastructure, trainers, schools, they had virtually nothing. we were recruiting people off of the street on a friday and putting them in the field on monday. that has changed dramatically. we have upwards of 35,000 finalliens in training this week in the various schools. we f
disagreed. ahmad wali karzai was a controversial figure. he said that he added spice to afghan life great the roads to the compound were closed. the president's half brother lived under the tightest security, only the most trusted could get close. the head of personal protection it aroused no suspicion. without saying a word, he shot him twice. >> he said, this morning, my younger brother -- this is the life of the afghan people. we have all suffered the same kind of people. forgive me for not speaking with a smile today. he was said to be deeply involved with the opium trade. he had many of their enemies. in april, he spoke to a documentary group about attempts on his life. >> a major suicide attack on me and my office. >> are there still threats against you now? >> every day. >> the taliban? drug-traffickers stock? >> ahmad wali karzai became close to being charged with corruption they say they have lost a strong man in the fight against the taliban. the fight just became harder. >> the un security council has strongly condemned attacks against the american and french embassies in damas
karzai that the afghans should assume lead reform stability across the country as a whole by the end of 2015. last month president obama announced that the u.s. would withdraw 10,000 forces from afghanistan by the end of this year and will complete the removal of the u.s. surge by the end of the summer next year. at the time of the u.s. surge the u.k. increased its core force by an extra 500. for our part i have already said we will withdraw 426 uk military personnel by february of 2012 and today i imagine the u.k. will reduce its force levels by a further 500 from 9,500 to 9,000 by the end of 2012. this decision has been agreed by the national security council on the advice of our military commanders. these reductions reflect the progress being made in building up the a and s f. is worth noting for every u.s. soldier who leaves that the surge is removed to afghans -- two afghans will take their place. this is the start of a process that will ensure by the end of 2014 there will not be anything like a number of british troops as there are now and they will not be serving in a combat
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